Malaysian talent, Bernie Lu Huey is nominated as the top 12 semi-finalists of the Asia Audition of prestigious Japanese singing talent show, I Can Sing in Japanese! along with other contestants from Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Hong Kong.
Organised by Sony Pictures Television Networks and Nippon TV’s joint venture, GEM, the biannual singing competition invites the shortlisted contestants to take part in the on-ground audition in Singapore on 12th February 2017, where one winner will be handpicked to represent Asia at the global stage in Tokyo, later this year.
Bernie, who is also an experienced audio engineer, previously garnered the Grand Champion title for another Japanese Singing Competition, organised by the Japanese Cultural Society of Singapore, beating 14 other finalists. In addition to producing and audio post-production, Bernie's passion for Japanese Culture has lead him to work on the Main Stages on some of Australia's largest Japanese Anime and Pop-Culture Expos and Conventions as a Front of House Engineer and Technical Director for stage performances by Japanese voice actors, Japanese bands and for the World Cosplay Summit.
“As a Malaysian, I feel proud to be able to represent my country and my state, Sarawak. I hope by participating in this competition I will be able to show my prideful joy of being a Sarawakian, touch lives through my performance and also inspire others like me that anything that they dream can be turned into a reality,” said Bernie.
The singer also mentioned that he enjoy singing Japanese songs as it challenges him to learn a new language, besides mastering the art of singing the Enka song, a popular Japanese music genre which resembles traditional Japanese music.
Aired since 2011, I Can Sing in Japanese! is a singing competition show featuring non-native Japanese speakers who have a passion for singing Japanese songs. Each season, around 12 to 16 groups of performers from all over the world are invited to Tokyo to perform in front of a panel of professional judges.
Some of the previous winners from Asia include; Singapore’s Jeremy Teng, Indonesia’s Fatimah Zahratunnisa and Michael David Bodin from the Philippines. The show will be broadcasted in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines later this year.